Tube and Pipe Production

The tube and pipe production technology area encompasses mills and all of the equipment that makes a mill run successfully: tooling, welding units, nondestructive testers, bundlers, scarfing equipment, straighteners, scrap choppers, and washing systems.

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Using laser velocimeters to improve tube and pipe production

February 4, 2015

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Accurate and reliable length and speed measurements are critical parameters that help tube and pipe producers increase yield, improve quality, and reduce production costs. The relentless improvement in electronic technology, accompanied by falling prices, have made laser-based measurement systems more capable and affordable than ever before.

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Rafter delivers three weld squeeze boxes to tubing producer

January 29, 2015

Strongsville, Ohio-based Rafter Equipment Corp. has delivered three RT-2500S HFI weld squeeze boxes for a North American mechanical tubing producer. The boxes are used for producing heavy wall thicknesses and high-yield-strength materials. The design follows the company's push-on-center weld...

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Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute unveils industry data program

January 29, 2015

The Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute (CFSBI), Washington, D.C., has announced the inauguration of a program to collect and aggregate industry data for carbon and alloy steel bars. “Former reports may not have reasonably reflected the overall size of the U.S. market, the amount of apparent...

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Major Metals Co. hires VP of operations

January 23, 2015

Major Metals Co., Mansfield, Ohio, has named Wynn H. Kearns as vice president of operations. He leads manufacturing operations for the company’s four high-frequency tube welding mills, 72-in. slitter, and five recutting centers. The company offers carbon steel tubing to A513 T1, T2 and A 787...

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EFD Induction acquires Superior Technologies Europe

January 22, 2015

EFD Induction, based in Skien, Norway, has announced its acquisition of Superior Technologies Europe (STE), a Basingstoke, U.K.-based supplier of impeders, induction coils, and OD/ID scarfing inserts to tube and pipe manufacturers. STE founder Peter Bond continues as managing director of STE and...

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Producing stainless steel tubing for the medical industry

January 20, 2015

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Industry veteran Michael Ferreri provides an overview of the common methods of producing small-diameter stainless steel tubing for medical applications

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Rafter ships weld squeeze box to mechanical tubing producer

December 24, 2014

Rafter Equipment Corp., Strongsville, Ohio, a manufacturer of tube mills, pipe mills, roll forming machines, and cutoff machines, has shipped an RT-2000 HFI weld squeeze box to a North American producer of mechanical tubing. The box is part of an upgrade to the customer's existing Yoder M-2 tube...

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Improving flying cutoff operations, mill productivity

December 16, 2014

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Tube and pipe production is a capital-intensive process, but paying close attention to the efficiency of some of the lowest-cost items, specifically the consumables, can yield big benefits in productivity. At the cutoff, proper blade choice and optimizing the cutting depth are important first steps, but it’s also necessary to diagnose saw problems and—most important of all—develop a blade replacement strategy that minimizes mill downtime.

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Superior Tube and Fine Tubes appoint new global director

December 15, 2014

Superior Tube and Fine Tubes, both part of the Watermill Group, have appointed Shion Hung to the position of global director of customer programs and business intelligence. Hung previously served as platform director, access and advanced energy for Johnson & Johnson and as global marketing and...

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Longtime H & H Tube manager retires

December 10, 2014

H & H Tube, Vanderbilt, Mich., has announced the retirement of Production Manager Don Forman, effective at the end of 2014, after more than 40 years with the company. Forman plans to leave the Tube & Pipe Association International®’s Extrusion, Drawing & Tube Reducing (EDTR) Council at the same...

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Superior Tube receives DDTC registration

December 1, 2014

Superior Tube, Collegeville, Pa., a manufacturer of small-diameter precision tubing for the aerospace, nuclear, medical, and oil and gas industries, has announced the extension of its registration with the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) as a manufacturer...

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USW applauds ITC for continuing investigation of welded line pipe from Korea and Turkey

December 1, 2014

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has announced its approval of the International Trade Commission’s (ITC’s) action in voting to continue investigating antidumping and countervailing duties on welded line pipe from Korea and Turkey. The USW joined the petition to impose antidumping and...

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Associated Tube Group receives third consecutive GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award

November 26, 2014

Associated Tube Group, Markham, Ont., a division of Samuel, Son & Co. Ltd., has won a 2014 GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award for the third year in a row for its supply of the GM Gen 5 direct injection DOM tubing to GM Components Holdings LLC. The GM Gen 5 V6 and V8 are the primary engines for GM...

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SMS Meer supplies pipe welding line to CSI

November 26, 2014

SMS Meer, Germany, has delivered an electrical resistance welding (ERW) line for pipe diameters from 8.625 to 24 in. to CSI Tubular Products Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of California Steel Industries Inc., Fontana, Calif. The line achieves production speeds up to 114.8 FPM, producing up to...

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AK Steel announces USW members’ ratification of labor agreement

November 10, 2014

AK Steel, West Chester, Ohio, has announced that members of the United Steelworkers of America (USW) Local 1915 have ratified a new three-year labor agreement with its wholly owned subsidiary, AK Tube LLC, a producer of carbon and stainless steel ERW tubular products in Walbridge, Ohio. The new...

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